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McCoy launches Horns past Cowboys in surprisingly lopsided game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The shootout between two of the Big 12's
hotshot quarterbacks never developed.

Texas' Colt McCoy did his part with a career game.

How do you replace the Rose Bowl MVP and a cult hero in Texas? WellÂ… you don't. At least not right away. But Colt McCoy is doing all he can to get Longhorns fans as excited for this year as they were for last year. With three more touchdowns on another scintillating day for the freshman QB, McCoy on Saturday passed the vaunted V.Y. for most touchdown passes by a Texas quarterback in a single season.

Player
Year
TDs

Colt McCoy

2006

27

Vince Young

2005

26

Chris Simms

2002

26

Chris Simms

2001

22

Oklahoma State's Bobby Reid couldn't keep up against a
Longhorns' defense that finally figured out how to stop the pass.

McCoy threw for a career-high 346 yards and set the Texas
single-season record for touchdown passes in a 36-10 victory
Saturday night that kept the No. 4 Longhorns in control of the Big
12 South.

The Longhorns (9-1, 6-0) have won 21 straight league games and
coupled with No. 18 Oklahoma's 17-16 win over No. 21 Texas A&M, can
lock up a berth in the Big 12 title game with a win next week at
Kansas State.

That matters more to McCoy than the touchdowns record.

"The most important thing is the win today," he said."I had
enough protection up front to get the ball to my receivers. They
had a lot of yards after the catch. All these guys won the national
championship last year and I watched. I wanted to give them another
great year."

McCoy threw three touchdown passes to give him 27, breaking the
school mark of 26 shared by Vince Young (2005) and Chris Simms
(2002). The redshirt freshman is two shy of the NCAA freshman
season record of 29, set by Nevada's David Neill in 1998.

"He's a superstar," Texas senior cornerback Aaron Ross said.
"I tell him that every day."

Ross had one of two Longhorns interceptions and was a big reason
why Reid had a miserable time against the 112th-rated defense.

Reid, the third-rated passer in the country, was 11-of-28 for
123 yards and two interceptions. He consistently misfired high and
short of open receivers and twice in the fourth quarter threw balls
high into the Royal-Memorial Stadium crowd.

"Our guys have a lot of pride," Texas defensive co-coordinator
Gene Chizik said. "I still think we're a very, very good
defense."

Reid said he was nervous.

"I was jacked up early," Reid said. "I made a couple of bad
throws early and then Texas started to pile on the dogs."

The Cowboys (5-4, 2-3), who had built big leads with fast starts
against Texas the last two years before losing, managed only 203
total yards and didn't score an offensive touchdown, getting their
only points on a field goal and second-half kickoff return.

And for the first time in a month, the Longhorns didn't have to
rally to win. McCoy had led four come-from-behind wins against
Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas Tech.

The Longhorns scored first against the Cowboys and never
trailed.

"What he's doing now is being a great leader," Texas coach
Mack Brown said.

McCoy was methodical with short and long passes against constant
blitz pressure to Texas drives moving.

"He picked us apart," Cowboys safety Andre Sexton said. "We
just couldn't stop him."

McCoy's first TD pass gave Texas a 10-0 lead when Nate Jones
slipped behind Perrish Cox, who appeared to lose sight of the ball,
for a 13-yard score. The Cowboys fumbled the ensuing kickoff and
McCoy hit Quan Cosby for a 28-yard TD on the first play to make it
17-0.

Oklahoma State drove to the Texas 7 before Reid missed a wide
open D'Juan Woods at the goal line. Reid grabbed his helmet in
disgust and the Cowboys settled for a field goal that deflated any
momentum.

McCoy was 14 of 17 in the first half for 193 yards as Texas
built a 20-3 lead.

After Ryan Bailey kicked his third field goal from 19 yards for
Texas, Oklahoma State's Grant Jones, who fumbled the kickoff in the
second quarter, returned this one 89 yards for a touchdown that cut
the lead to 13.

But the Cowboys blew their chance to get back in the game. They
forced the Longhorns to punt, but were penalized for a personal
foul that gave McCoy another chance.

McCoy finished the drive with a 27-yard TD pass to Jermichael
Finley for a 30-10 lead that put the game away.

"They were faster and they were stronger," Oklahoma State
coach Mike Gundy said. "We had a good game plan. They just had a
better one."